Domaine Sauzet Puligny Montrachet Premier Cru les Referts 2018

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Producer note: Gérard Boudot's son-in-law Benoît Riffault described the 2018 vintage as "one where the growing season itself was not really especially problematic. Like every season there were challenges but from strictly a viticultural perspective, it was relatively straightforward as conditions were basically hot and very dry. There was a bit of hydric stress but not more than that because in Puligny we have the benefit, or the curse in some vintages, of having a high-water table. As is often the case though, determining when to begin picking and where exactly are the toughest decisions of all. Ultimately, we chose to commence on the 25th and as it turns out, I'm very happy that we began so early as it paid dividends. One big surprise though were the yields because while it was obvious the crop would be reasonably abundant, the volume in juice surprised us considerably. Depending on the sector and the appellation, the yields came in between 45 and 60 hl/ha. Potential alcohols were perfectly good but not especially high at between 12.5 and 13.2% though there wasn't much malic acidity. However, because of that the malos did not have much effect on the pHs because they ranged, post-malo, from 3.25 to 3.32, which is not really dissimilar to what we obtained in 2017. Among recent vintages, I would compare the style of the 2018s to that of 2011 though with a bit more body and energy. Or, if one goes back in time, a comparison to 1982 is perfectly apt." I repeat for the benefit of readers that the domaine is now sealing the bottle necks with wax for the 1ers and grands crus. I would also point out again that as of 2013 the domaine is using corks with a diameter of 25 mm (24 is normal) from cork bark that is a minimum of 12 years old. Lastly, Riffault noted that for those wines in bottle, they were put there in December 2019 and January 2020. (Vineyard Brands, www.vineyardbrands.com, AL, USA; O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, Davy & Co., www.davywine.co.uk, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Harrods Limited, www.harrods.com/food-and-wine, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, Clarion Wines, www.clarionwines.co.uk, The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com, House of Townend, www.houseoftownend.com, Claret-E Ltd, www.claret-e.com, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com and Domaine Direct, www.domainedirect.co.uk, all UK; Sequin & Robillard/Vinifera, www.seguinrobillard.ca, Canada).
Tasting note: An overtly floral mix reflects notes of acacia, lilac and rose petal while exhibiting additional notes of spiced pear and apple compote. The succulent yet elegant and refined medium-bodied flavors coat the palate with dry extract while delivering excellent length on the more tightly wound finale. This is also very well-balanced and should have no problem aging gracefully.

Collections: Burgundy White

Category: 2018, 750 ml, BH90-93, White burgundy



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